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5.0 out of 5 stars
Literary thriller with contemporary theme, 29 May 2004
Beautifully written, this is far from the usual potboiler of genre spy thrillers, for the author does not compromise with his depiction of character, plot, setting or outcome. It's gripping, certainly, moving and brutal - and also deeply perturbing. The protagonist, a young woman, is very well drawn. So is the sinister Ustaz, or Teacher. Reem herself is some ways the ultimate feminist - she has lost everything, and although under his influence, she calls the shots, struggling with her conscience and the burden of history to come to her final decision. Exquisitely written, this is a literary thriller and the author's best so far. No surprises no U.S. publisher and few Europeans have had the courage to publish it - Fullerton breaks all the rules, yet gets away with it - with flying colours.